AfMA Fleetdrive Issues 14 | Page 2

Executive Summary Mace Hartley Executive Director It’s hard to believe it’s December already. Another year has passed and whilst we prepare ourselves for a well-earned break for Christmas & New Year, it’s very easy to already cast our minds towards the challenges for 2019. For many of you the New Year may present an increased work load, a change of role and/or organisation or even just maintaining the status quo. Whatever the case we want to wish you the best of luck and that you might continue to grow, develop and thrive in your professional working environment. In 2019 the Australasian Fleet Management Association will continue to educate and advocate change throughout the fleet and automotive industry through education, innovation and showcasing new technology. We have been encouraged by the thousands of people from the automotive and fleet industries that have engaged with AfMA this year through the hundreds of articles published on, the educational pieces in this very e-magazine FleetDrive, as well as through our LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube social media channels. This final issue for 2018 presents a mixed bag of bite sized and feature length content that will assist you and your team to keep abreast of changes within the industry. These exciting new developments could affect your future vehicle purchases as well as the day-to-day running of your operations, so it is as important as ever to stay up to date. Our special “12 Days of Fleet- mas” feature – while somewhat lighter in tone – is stacked full of useful suggestions, tips and hacks that cover a variety of issues for fleet managers and others within the automotive sector. 2 ISSUE 14 2018 / WWW.AFMA.NET.AU We are also keen to share with you updates on what the next 12 months might represent for electric vehicles (EVs) in particular. AfMA was delighted to take part in a test drive day in October that featured a huge variety of EVs at Albert Park Lake. For the Australian market, first deliveries of Tesla’s Model 3 will commence in 2019 and there is little doubt this electric vehicle will be sought after by many including the novated leasing segment, although the delivery waiting times may dampen the enthusiasm. Hyundai and Renault are also doing great things in the electric space with the Ioniq, Kona, Kangoo and Zoe models whilst Nissan’s second- generation Leaf is soon to arrive. Moreover, it is exciting to see 5 EV’s with different fit for purposes around the $50,000 even if support at a federal government level for appropriate infrastructure and subsidies remains stagnant. This issue also recognises the contributions of those who attended and spoke at our 2018 Professional Development Forums right across Australia and NZ, along with our premier Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition back in May. We look forward to 2019 and ask you to pencil May 22 - May 24 into your diaries for an expanded conference that will now include a safety field day on May 22 which will incorporate low emissions test drives and active safety demonstrations. Next year’s conference will also feature the Fleet Awards on the evening of May 23, where we will highlight and recognise leaders and innovators within the fleet space. We continue to see our annual conference as an exciting chance for newcomers and our regulars to connect with some of the industry’s leading players and stakeholders. Our exhibitor’s hall is again set to be home to a variety of experts